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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531216/impact-of-mutations-in-toll-like-receptor-pathway-genes-on-esophageal-carcinogenesis
#1
Daffolyn Rachael Fels Elliott, Juliane Perner, Xiaodun Li, Martyn F Symmons, Brett Verstak, Matthew Eldridge, Lawrence Bower, Maria O'Donovan, Nick J Gay, Rebecca C Fitzgerald
Esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC) develops in an inflammatory microenvironment with reduced microbial diversity, but mechanisms for these influences remain poorly characterized. We hypothesized that mutations targeting the Toll-like receptor (TLR) pathway could disrupt innate immune signaling and promote a microenvironment that favors tumorigenesis. Through interrogating whole genome sequencing data from 171 EAC patients, we showed that non-synonymous mutations collectively affect the TLR pathway in 25/171 (14...
May 22, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531214/suspected-lynch-syndrome-associated-msh6-variants-a-functional-assay-to-determine-their-pathogenicity
#2
Hellen Houlleberghs, Anne Goverde, Jarnick Lusseveld, Marleen Dekker, Marco J Bruno, Fred H Menko, Arjen R Mensenkamp, Manon C W Spaander, Anja Wagner, Robert M W Hofstra, Hein Te Riele
Lynch syndrome (LS) is a hereditary cancer predisposition caused by inactivating mutations in DNA mismatch repair (MMR) genes. Mutations in the MSH6 DNA MMR gene account for approximately 18% of LS cases. Many LS-associated sequence variants are nonsense and frameshift mutations that clearly abrogate MMR activity. However, missense mutations whose functional implications are unclear are also frequently seen in suspected-LS patients. To conclusively diagnose LS and enroll patients in appropriate surveillance programs to reduce morbidity as well as mortality, the functional consequences of these variants of uncertain clinical significance (VUS) must be defined...
May 22, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531201/evolutionary-forces-affecting-synonymous-variations-in-plant-genomes
#3
Yves Clément, Gautier Sarah, Yan Holtz, Felix Homa, Stéphanie Pointet, Sandy Contreras, Benoit Nabholz, François Sabot, Laure Sauné, Morgane Ardisson, Roberto Bacilieri, Guillaume Besnard, Angélique Berger, Céline Cardi, Fabien De Bellis, Olivier Fouet, Cyril Jourda, Bouchaib Khadari, Claire Lanaud, Thierry Leroy, David Pot, Christopher Sauvage, Nora Scarcelli, James Tregear, Yves Vigouroux, Nabila Yahiaoui, Manuel Ruiz, Sylvain Santoni, Jean-Pierre Labouisse, Jean-Louis Pham, Jacques David, Sylvain Glémin
Base composition is highly variable among and within plant genomes, especially at third codon positions, ranging from GC-poor and homogeneous species to GC-rich and highly heterogeneous ones (particularly Monocots). Consequently, synonymous codon usage is biased in most species, even when base composition is relatively homogeneous. The causes of these variations are still under debate, with three main forces being possibly involved: mutational bias, selection and GC-biased gene conversion (gBGC). So far, both selection and gBGC have been detected in some species but how their relative strength varies among and within species remains unclear...
May 22, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531192/overexpression-of-the-essential-sis1-chaperone-reduces-tdp-43-effects-on-toxicity-and-proteolysis
#4
Sei-Kyoung Park, Joo Y Hong, Fatih Arslan, Vydehi Kanneganti, Basant Patel, Alex Tietsort, Elizabeth M H Tank, Xingli Li, Sami J Barmada, Susan W Liebman
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a devastating neurodegenerative disease characterized by selective loss of motor neurons with inclusions frequently containing the RNA/DNA binding protein TDP-43. Using a yeast model of ALS exhibiting TDP-43 dependent toxicity, we now show that TDP-43 overexpression dramatically alters cell shape and reduces ubiquitin dependent proteolysis of a reporter construct. Furthermore, we show that an excess of the Hsp40 chaperone, Sis1, reduced TDP-43's effect on toxicity, cell shape and proteolysis...
May 22, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531189/tandem-duplications-lead-to-novel-expression-patterns-through-exon-shuffling-in-drosophila-yakuba
#5
Rebekah L Rogers, Ling Shao, Kevin R Thornton
One common hypothesis to explain the impacts of tandem duplications is that whole gene duplications commonly produce additive changes in gene expression due to copy number changes. Here, we use genome wide RNA-seq data from a population sample of Drosophila yakuba to test this 'gene dosage' hypothesis. We observe little evidence of expression changes in response to whole transcript duplication capturing 5' and 3' UTRs. Among whole gene duplications, we observe evidence that dosage sharing across copies is likely to be common...
May 22, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520736/the-bantam-microrna-acts-through-numb-to-exert-cell-growth-control-and-feedback-regulation-of-notch-in-tumor-forming-stem-cells-in-the-drosophila-brain
#6
Yen-Chi Wu, Kyu-Sun Lee, Yan Song, Stephan Gehrke, Bingwei Lu
Notch (N) signaling is central to the self-renewal of neural stem cells (NSCs) and other tissue stem cells. Its deregulation compromises tissue homeostasis and contributes to tumorigenesis and other diseases. How N regulates stem cell behavior in health and disease is not well understood. Here we show that N regulates bantam (ban) microRNA to impact cell growth, a process key to NSC maintenance and particularly relied upon by tumor-forming cancer stem cells. Notch signaling directly regulates ban expression at the transcriptional level, and ban in turn feedback regulates N activity through negative regulation of the Notch inhibitor Numb...
May 17, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520732/differential-gene-expression-along-the-animal-vegetal-axis-in-the-ascidian-embryo-is-maintained-by-a-dual-functional-protein-foxd
#7
Shin-Ichi Tokuhiro, Miki Tokuoka, Kenji Kobayashi, Atsushi Kubo, Izumi Oda-Ishii, Yutaka Satou
In many animal embryos, a specific gene expression pattern is established along the animal-vegetal axis soon after zygotic transcription begins. In the embryo of the ascidian Ciona intestinalis, soon after the division that separates animal and vegetal hemispheres into distinct blastomeres, maternal Gata.a and β-catenin activate specific genes in the animal and vegetal blastomeres, respectively. On the basis of these initial distinct gene expression patterns, gene regulatory networks promote animal cells to become ectodermal tissues and vegetal cells to become endomesodermal tissues and a part of the nerve cord...
May 17, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505193/the-drosophila-orthologue-of-the-int6-onco-protein-regulates-mitotic-microtubule-growth-and-kinetochore-structure
#8
Fioranna Renda, Claudia Pellacani, Anton Strunov, Elisabetta Bucciarelli, Valeria Naim, Giuseppe Bosso, Elena Kiseleva, Silvia Bonaccorsi, David J Sharp, Alexey Khodjakov, Maurizio Gatti, Maria Patrizia Somma
INT6/eIF3e is a highly conserved component of the translation initiation complex that interacts with both the 26S proteasome and the COP9 signalosome, two complexes implicated in ubiquitin-mediated protein degradation. The INT6 gene was originally identified as the insertion site of the mouse mammary tumor virus (MMTV), and later shown to be involved in human tumorigenesis. Here we show that depletion of the Drosophila orthologue of INT6 (Int6) results in short mitotic spindles and deformed centromeres and kinetochores with low intra-kinetochore distance...
May 15, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505153/gene-duplication-and-co-evolution-of-g1-s-transcription-factor-specificity-in-fungi-are-essential-for-optimizing-cell-fitness
#9
Adi Hendler, Edgar M Medina, Anastasiya Kishkevich, Mehtap Abu-Qarn, Steffi Klier, Nicolas E Buchler, Robertus A M de Bruin, Amir Aharoni
Transcriptional regulatory networks play a central role in optimizing cell survival. How DNA binding domains and cis-regulatory DNA binding sequences have co-evolved to allow the expansion of transcriptional networks and how this contributes to cellular fitness remains unclear. Here we experimentally explore how the complex G1/S transcriptional network evolved in the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae by examining different chimeric transcription factor (TF) complexes. Over 200 G1/S genes are regulated by either one of the two TF complexes, SBF and MBF, which bind to specific DNA binding sequences, SCB and MCB, respectively...
May 15, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505149/distinct-dna-binding-surfaces-in-the-atpase-and-linker-domains-of-mutl%C3%AE-determine-its-substrate-specificities-and-exert-separable-functions-in-meiotic-recombination-and-mismatch-repair
#10
Corentin Claeys Bouuaert, Scott Keeney
Mlh1-Mlh3 (MutLγ) is a mismatch repair factor with a central role in formation of meiotic crossovers, presumably through resolution of double Holliday junctions. MutLγ has DNA binding, nuclease, and ATPase activities, but how these relate to one another and to in vivo functions are unclear. Here, we combine biochemical and genetic analyses to characterize Saccharomyces cerevisiae MutLγ. Limited proteolysis and atomic force microscopy showed that purified recombinant MutLγ undergoes ATP-driven conformational changes...
May 15, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498859/usp9x-counteracts-differential-ubiquitination-of-nphp5-by-march7-and-bbs11-to-regulate-ciliogenesis
#11
Arindam Das, Jin Qian, William Y Tsang
Ciliogenesis is a fundamental biological process central to human health. Precisely how this process is coordinated with the cell cycle remains an open question. We report that nephrocystin-5 (NPHP5/IQCB1), a positive regulator of ciliogenesis, is a stable and low turnover protein subjected to cycles of ubiquitination and deubiquitination. NPHP5 directly binds to a deubiquitinating enzyme USP9X/FAM and two E3 ubiquitin ligases BBS11/TRIM32 and MARCH7/axotrophin. NPHP5 undergoes K63 ubiquitination in a cell cycle dependent manner and K48/K63 ubiquitination upon USP9X depletion or inhibition...
May 12, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498854/single-trait-and-multi-trait-genome-wide-association-analyses-identify-novel-loci-for-blood-pressure-in-african-ancestry-populations
#12
Jingjing Liang, Thu H Le, Digna R Velez Edwards, Bamidele O Tayo, Kyle J Gaulton, Jennifer A Smith, Yingchang Lu, Richard A Jensen, Guanjie Chen, Lisa R Yanek, Karen Schwander, Salman M Tajuddin, Tamar Sofer, Wonji Kim, James Kayima, Colin A McKenzie, Ervin Fox, Michael A Nalls, J Hunter Young, Yan V Sun, Jacqueline M Lane, Sylvia Cechova, Jie Zhou, Hua Tang, Myriam Fornage, Solomon K Musani, Heming Wang, Juyoung Lee, Adebowale Adeyemo, Albert W Dreisbach, Terrence Forrester, Pei-Lun Chu, Anne Cappola, Michele K Evans, Alanna C Morrison, Lisa W Martin, Kerri L Wiggins, Qin Hui, Wei Zhao, Rebecca D Jackson, Erin B Ware, Jessica D Faul, Alex P Reiner, Michael Bray, Joshua C Denny, Thomas H Mosley, Walter Palmas, Xiuqing Guo, George J Papanicolaou, Alan D Penman, Joseph F Polak, Kenneth Rice, Ken D Taylor, Eric Boerwinkle, Erwin P Bottinger, Kiang Liu, Neil Risch, Steven C Hunt, Charles Kooperberg, Alan B Zonderman, Cathy C Laurie, Diane M Becker, Jianwen Cai, Ruth J F Loos, Bruce M Psaty, David R Weir, Sharon L R Kardia, Donna K Arnett, Sungho Won, Todd L Edwards, Susan Redline, Richard S Cooper, D C Rao, Jerome I Rotter, Charles Rotimi, Daniel Levy, Aravinda Chakravarti, Xiaofeng Zhu, Nora Franceschini
Hypertension is a leading cause of global disease, mortality, and disability. While individuals of African descent suffer a disproportionate burden of hypertension and its complications, they have been underrepresented in genetic studies. To identify novel susceptibility loci for blood pressure and hypertension in people of African ancestry, we performed both single and multiple-trait genome-wide association analyses. We analyzed 21 genome-wide association studies comprised of 31,968 individuals of African ancestry, and validated our results with additional 54,395 individuals from multi-ethnic studies...
May 12, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498846/mecp2-recognizes-cytosine-methylated-tri-nucleotide-and-di-nucleotide-sequences-to-tune-transcription-in-the-mammalian-brain
#13
Sabine Lagger, John C Connelly, Gabriele Schweikert, Shaun Webb, Jim Selfridge, Bernard H Ramsahoye, Miao Yu, Chuan He, Guido Sanguinetti, Lawrence C Sowers, Malcolm D Walkinshaw, Adrian Bird
Mutations in the gene encoding the methyl-CG binding protein MeCP2 cause several neurological disorders including Rett syndrome. The di-nucleotide methyl-CG (mCG) is the classical MeCP2 DNA recognition sequence, but additional methylated sequence targets have been reported. Here we show by in vitro and in vivo analyses that MeCP2 binding to non-CG methylated sites in brain is largely confined to the tri-nucleotide sequence mCAC. MeCP2 binding to chromosomal DNA in mouse brain is proportional to mCAC + mCG density and unexpectedly defines large genomic domains within which transcription is sensitive to MeCP2 occupancy...
May 12, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493942/amplifying-recombination-genome-wide-and-reshaping-crossover-landscapes-in-brassicas
#14
Alexandre Pelé, Matthieu Falque, Gwenn Trotoux, Frédérique Eber, Sylvie Nègre, Marie Gilet, Virginie Huteau, Maryse Lodé, Thibaut Jousseaume, Sylvain Dechaumet, Jérôme Morice, Charles Poncet, Olivier Coriton, Olivier C Martin, Mathieu Rousseau-Gueutin, Anne-Marie Chèvre
Meiotic recombination by crossovers (COs) is tightly regulated, limiting its key role in producing genetic diversity. However, while COs are usually restricted in number and not homogenously distributed along chromosomes, we show here how to disrupt these rules in Brassica species by using allotriploid hybrids (AAC, 2n = 3x = 29), resulting from the cross between the allotetraploid rapeseed (B. napus, AACC, 2n = 4x = 38) and one of its diploid progenitors (B. rapa, AA, 2n = 2x = 20). We produced mapping populations from different genotypes of both diploid AA and triploid AAC hybrids, used as female and/or as male...
May 11, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493873/modeling-of-a-negative-feedback-mechanism-explains-antagonistic-pleiotropy-in-reproduction-in-domesticated-caenorhabditis-elegans-strains
#15
Edward E Large, Raghavendra Padmanabhan, Kathie L Watkins, Richard F Campbell, Wen Xu, Patrick T McGrath
Most biological traits and common diseases have a strong but complex genetic basis, controlled by large numbers of genetic variants with small contributions to a trait or disease risk. The effect-size of most genetic variants is not absolute and is instead dependent upon multiple factors such as the age and genetic background of an organism. In order to understand the mechanistic basis of these changes, we characterized heritable trait differences between two domesticated strains of C. elegans. We previously identified a major effect locus, caused in part by a mutation in a component of the NURF chromatin remodeling complex, that regulates reproductive output in an age-dependent manner...
May 11, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493870/functional-male-accessory-glands-and-fertility-in-drosophila-require-novel-ecdysone-receptor
#16
Vandana Sharma, Anuj K Pandey, Ajay Kumar, Snigdha Misra, Himanshu P K Gupta, Snigdha Gupta, Anshuman Singh, Norene A Buehner, Kristipati Ravi Ram
In many insects, the accessory gland, a secretory tissue of the male reproductive system, is essential for male fertility. Male accessory gland is the major source of proteinaceous secretions, collectively called as seminal proteins (or accessory gland proteins), which upon transfer, manipulate the physiology and behavior of mated females. Insect hormones such as ecdysteroids and juvenoids play a key role in accessory gland development and protein synthesis but little is known about underlying molecular players and their mechanism of action...
May 11, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493864/power-provides-protection-genetic-robustness-in-yeast-depends-on-the-capacity-to-generate-energy
#17
Marcin Plech, Katarzyna Tomala, Hanna Tutaj, Dominika Ewa Piwcewicz, J Arjan G M de Visser, Ryszard Korona
The functional basis of genetic robustness, the ability of organisms to suppress the effects of mutations, remains incompletely understood. We exposed a set of 15 strains of Saccharomyces cerevisiae form diverse environments to increasing doses of the chemical mutagen EMS. The number of the resulting random mutations was similar for all tested strains. However, there were differences in immediate mortality after the mutagenic treatment and in defective growth of survivors. An analysis of gene expression revealed that immediate mortality was lowest in strains with lowest expression of transmembrane proteins, which are rich in thiol groups and thus vulnerable to EMS...
May 11, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489859/an-r2r3-type-myb-transcription-factor-gmmyb29-regulates-isoflavone-biosynthesis-in-soybean
#18
Shanshan Chu, Jiao Wang, Ying Zhu, Shulin Liu, Xiaoqiong Zhou, Huairen Zhang, Chun-E Wang, Wenming Yang, Zhixi Tian, Hao Cheng, Deyue Yu
Isoflavones comprise a group of secondary metabolites produced almost exclusively by plants in the legume family, including soybean [Glycine max (L.) Merr.]. They play vital roles in plant defense and have many beneficial effects on human health. Isoflavone content is a complex quantitative trait controlled by multiple genes, and the genetic mechanisms underlying isoflavone biosynthesis remain largely unknown. Via a genome-wide association study (GWAS), we identified 28 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) that are significantly associated with isoflavone concentrations in soybean...
May 10, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489853/novel-genes-involved-in-severe-early-onset-obesity-revealed-by-rare-copy-number-and-sequence-variants
#19
Clara Serra-Juhé, Gabriel Á Martos-Moreno, Francesc Bou de Pieri, Raquel Flores, Juan R González, Benjamín Rodríguez-Santiago, Jesús Argente, Luis A Pérez-Jurado
Obesity is a multifactorial disorder with high heritability (50-75%), which is probably higher in early-onset and severe cases. Although rare monogenic forms and several genes and regions of susceptibility, including copy number variants (CNVs), have been described, the genetic causes underlying the disease still remain largely unknown. We searched for rare CNVs (>100kb in size, altering genes and present in <1/2000 population controls) in 157 Spanish children with non-syndromic early-onset obesity (EOO: body mass index >3 standard deviations above the mean at <3 years of age) using SNP array molecular karyotypes...
May 10, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489852/recurrent-promoter-mutations-in-melanoma-are-defined-by-an-extended-context-specific-mutational-signature
#20
Nils Johan Fredriksson, Kerryn Elliott, Stefan Filges, Jimmy Van den Eynden, Anders Ståhlberg, Erik Larsson
Sequencing of whole tumor genomes holds the promise of revealing functional somatic regulatory mutations, such as those described in the TERT promoter. Recurrent promoter mutations have been identified in many additional genes and appear to be particularly common in melanoma, but convincing functional data such as influence on gene expression has been more elusive. Here, we show that frequently recurring promoter mutations in melanoma occur almost exclusively at cytosines flanked by a distinct sequence signature, TTCCG, with TERT as a notable exception...
May 10, 2017: PLoS Genetics
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